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Moscow’s facial recognition system likely to reduce crime; use against opposition to reduce protest mobilisation probable

07 December 2018

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On 3 December 2018, Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that in 2019 the city would fully replace the existing CCTV system with a citywide facial recognition system (FRS) aided by artificial intelligence.

As of this year, Moscow city had already replaced 40% of CCTV cameras with those equipped with the facial recognition technology, and this process is expected to be completed in the next year. The new FRS will include all major transportation hubs, including 259 stations of the Moscow metro network with its daily ridership of 7 million people. Within Russia, Moscow is already characterised by a lower rate of crimes per head of population, compared to most other regions.

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